By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
As expected, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) and Travis Walker (39-7, 31 KOs) did not engage in any verbal fireworks during their first conference in Prudential Center in Newark. “Both of those men like to show what they can do, not during press conferences but when it really counts, in the ring. So this is what we can be sure of on September 8 in the Prudential Center – it will be a great fight,” –said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva during kick-off press event in a place Adamek knows very well, fighting there for the tenth time. Kathy Duva was right, outside of Walker’s suggestion that “he will run but I will eventually get him,” and Adamek response of “I don’t run, I have great footwork,” both of the fighters were a perfect gentleman. Who will prevail? We have to wait until September 8 to find out who will win and claim the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight belt.
“I want to make this fight a showcase of my skills. I’m already in very good form, but this is just a beginning,” – said Walker. “I’m expecting Adamek to throw a lot of punches, but I also want to be busy in the ring. Maybe busier than usual. I will have special tactics for this fight. I have nothing personal against Adamek, I want to thank him for opportunity, but I will also hit him with a purpose,” said Walker.
“I don’t run, I just have great footwork,” replied Adamek.
“I will fight Travis, no worries. I like to hit my opponents with quick combinations, you could see this in my Nagy Aguilera fight. You need two to tango, so please don’t blame me for the Chambers fight because Eddie just did not want to exchange with me. Travis likes to throw the leather, I’m known to do the same, so it will be a fan friendly event. For my money, better than proposed earlier fight against James Toney, who is a defensive fighter, very technical, with defense first, some offense maybe later,” the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion told Fightnews.com after the press conference in an exclusieve interview.
“I’m expecting Travis to be a aggressive fighter, because he believes than he can overwhelm me with just his size and his jab. I’ve heard this before. For the last three weeks I’m already training hard, I have five more weeks of hard training with Roger Bloodworth in front of me. It should answer Travis question if I would overlook him. Don’t count on it, Travis!”
Adamek answered without hesitation to some speculations, that after losing to Vitali Klitschko in September of last year, he will never be the same fearless fighter. “I already proved with my two wins that I’m the same fighter as before. My trainer told me that I need to learn more to challenge the Klitschkos and I think I’m doing just that. Nobody will tell me that I’m choosing easy fighters to fight. First of all – I don’t choose them, I just say OK, when my people are telling the name of the next guy. Second, after fighting possibly one of the most skilled heavyweights in the world, Eddie Chambers, in the next fight I’m battling a hard hitting, big guy like Travis Walker. Not an easy thing to do, but boxing is a sport for fans, and I try to deliver every time I step into the ring. It will also be an important bout for my countryman in Poland – they will be able to see me in primetime, without the necessity of waking up in the middle of the night on September 8. And celebrate afterwards, of course.”